Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

The Lupset Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) in Wakefield launched on February 6 at the St George’s Community Centre with partners including Spectrum Health, Wakefield District Housing, West Yorkshire Police, Wakefield City Council, St George’s Community Centre, Youth workers, Schools, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons and members of the community.

Alan Simpson, CAP Advisor for the East of England and Scotland said: “I am pleased to have been asked to create a CAP in Lupset and I am looking forward to supporting the work here and making a positive change to the lives of young people and the community. 

The multi-agency action plan we have created builds upon best practice for tackling alcohol related harm to young people and all the partners will work together to reduce the sale of alcohol to young people, advise them on the dangers of drinking and provide alcohol-free activities.”

Across the country, more than 160 CAPs have had positive impacts on reducing local crime, anti-social behaviour, litter, feelings of safety and reductions in underage purchasing of alcohol.

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A vital part of the CAP’s work has been engaging with young people, getting them involved in the campaign and building their trust. The CAP held engagement nights with local young people to discuss the issue of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. They told us there was nothing for them to do – the community centre had no funding, access to the sports field had been cut off and there were very few facilities for young people. So far CAP has held community events, reopened access to the sports field, cleared the discussed BMX track and held street art sessions. Working hard to engage with this traditionally difficult-to-reach group has been key to our success.

Scott Adams
Cumbria Constabulary

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